Islamic school, Darul Uloom, has issued a fatwa against 15-year-old Muslim girl from Meerut for reciting the “Bhagavad Gita”.

Alia Khan bagged the second prize at a function organised by the Yogi Adityanath government. The occasion was to mark 101 years of the Lucknow Pact of freedom struggle last week

All Alia did was learn the shlokas of Bhagavad Gita, which she recited dressed as Lord Krishna. Deoband muftis and ulemas criticised her, calling her actions un-Islamic.

“How could she dress up like Lord Krishna? It is anti-Islamic,” a Deoband Ulema told Indian Express.

Following her presentation, the online department of Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa. It declared Alia’s action as against  Islam and warned her about the act.

Guests who attended the event were Governor Ram Naik, chief minister Aditya Nath Yogi, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, and Tilak’s great-grandson Shailesh and his wife Mukta, who is also the Pune mayor. Tilak’s interpretation of Gita is called ‘Gita Rahasya’.

Over 150 students participated in the contest. Alia, who earned second place, was rewarded with Rs 25,000.

When asked about the fatwa, Alia said she is determined to fight this fatwa as the logic is baseless.

Girl Earned CM’s Praise

At the function, CM Yogi Adityanath had praised Alia. He said, “Being a Muslim, the way Alia recited the shlokas is worth appreciation.”

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“Dressing up as someone else through makeup and costume is anti-Islamic and was called ‘Shirq’ (believing in other religion besides Islam). Alia’s act also amounts to Shirq,” said Mufti Arshad Farooqui, chairman, online fatwa department of Darul Uloom.

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